FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What is this new state fund that helps pay for deferred / long-term maintenance?
A. A bill was passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2015 that provides revenue increases for school districts to pay for long-term (deferred) maintenance. The Legislature recognized an important need to maintain school district facilities, and that the traditional funding source, the local voter-approved bond levy, was unavailable to many Minnesota school districts whose referendums for facilities maintenance projects did not pass. The program funds deferred maintenance expenditures. Primarily, this includes items that are attached to, or a part of, a building, and replaced on a like-for-like basis. New construction and remodeling projects are specifically excluded from the program.
Q. What is long-term maintenance?
A. Long-term maintenance is required on major facility components after a long period of time.
Roofs typically last 20-30 years. Boilers for heating the school can last 50 years or more. Doors, windows, parking lots, sidewalks all can last a long time. Repairs and maintenance take place continuously, however, at some point they will need to be replaced, and they are typically quite expensive.
School districts often need additional revenue to complete maintenance items such as these:
* Roof repairs
* Doors, windows, bathrooms, showers, locker update/replacement
* Paved surfaces and exterior brickwork
* Lighting, ceilings, classroom cabinetry, etc.
* HVAC systems